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Antique French Ebonized & Inlaid Wooded Scent Caddy Casket Baccarat & Gelle Freres Labeled Perfume Bottles
Rare antique French triple scent caddy of ebonized wooden veneer inlaid with brass stringing. Adorning the lid is a blank escutcheon shaped cartouche. The front inlaid with a brass keyhole with a working lock & key. The hinged lid opening to reveal a fitted interior lined in blue velvet and paper. Housing three Baccarat crystal scent bottles, with faceted stoppers and polished pontil bases. Complete with their original labels intact. All three bear a label for the renown perfumers, GELLÉ Frères of Paris. Established in 1826 by brothers Augustin & Jean-Baptiste Gelle, after purchasing formulas and a shop which had previously belonged to Fargeon Jeune, a descendant of perfumer to Louis XV. The perfumery became a major exporter and producers of luxurious presentations and was succeeded by Augustin's father-in-law Emile Lecaron. Furthermore, the perfume bottles are labeled for the following scents, Violette De Parme (crafted in 1895) and Chypre (1900) in addition to a rare Héliotrope Blanc (1892). Rarer still, are the round Baccarat paper labels on the base, which often times got lost, worn or washed away. The paper labels were in use from 1860 on, the practice was eventually discontinued in 1935 when the cristallerie began to permanently mark their wares with the now famed acid-etched logo. In overall good antique condition, some nipping and wear to the wood. No chips or cracks to the bottles and stoppers. Measures 6" length x 3 1/4" width x 4" height. Each bottle measures 3 1/4" height x 1 1/4" square at the base.
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